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Lot: 29. French Musical Automaton "Little Boy Blowing Bubbles" by Roullet & Decamps

17" (43 cm.) Standing upon a velvet-covered wooden platform is a bisque-headed boy with brown glass paperweight inset eyes,painted features,open mouth,teeth,pierced ears,have carton torso and legs,bisque forearms. He is wearing a velvet boy's suit and cap with silk shirt and tie,black shoes and socks,and holds a metal bowl of sudsy water in one hand,and wooden pipe in the other. Movements and Music. After dipping the wooden pipe in the sudsy water,he lifts it to his mouth and appears to blow bubbles. The bubbles actually occur from a bellows system hidden inside his torso which creates a breeze,and hence,the bubbles. Music plays and bubbles appear. Roullet & Decamps,circa 1900,with bisque head from Emile Jumeau. A charming automaton with timeless appeal.

Realized Price: 4250


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